Johor floods continue to worsen, first death reported


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 02 Jan 2021

An aerial photograph of Kampung Laut Skudai, where floodwaters inundated the houses and forced villagers to seek shelter at SK Batu 10, Skudai, in Johor Baru on Saturday.- THOMAS YONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The flood situation in Johor continues to worsen with the state recording its first death while some 1,780 people have been relocated to 28 temporary relief centres.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that as at 8pm Saturday (Jan 2), a total of 28 temporary relief centres had been opened in Johor Baru, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Kulai and Batu Pahat.

“There are 698 victims in Kluang followed by Johor Baru with 690 victims, Kota Tinggi (286), Kulai (99) and Batu Pahat (23)," he said.

He added that one death has been recorded due to floods at Kampung Contoh, Kahang, Kluang with one temporary road closure imposed at FT092 Jalan Pengerang-Kota Tinggi after the road was inundated in 0.1m of floodwaters.

Kluang Fire and Rescue Department operation commander Shamsul Amri Mohd Shahab said that the victim was a 59-year-old woman drowned after falling into a three-feet drain along Jalan Setia in Kampung Contoh.

He added the department received a distress call at about 12.39pm on Saturday and deployed one fire truck with nine personnel to the location.

“The body of the victim, identified as Halijah Majid, was recovered by members of the public inside the drain that was filled water.

“A medical team tried to perform CPR to save the victim but she was pronounced dead at the location, ” he said here on Saturday (Jan 2).

Shamsul added that the victim’s body was then handed over to the police for further action and the operation ended at about 2.55pm.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Low Hang Seng confirmed the case.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has also issued a red alert warning of continuous heavy rainfall occurring at Kulai, Johor Baru and Kota Tinggi.

The department has also issued a warning of continuous rain in areas of Segamat, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Mersing, Pontian, Tangkak and Muar.

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